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Fires of War (Larry Bond's First Team) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Dec 2007

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Forge; Reprint edition (1 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780765346407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765346407
  • ASIN: 0765346400
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 3.1 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,374,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The technothriller has a new ace and his name is Larry Bond."--Tom Clancy

"[A] fast-paced, complex thriller."-"Publishers Weekly" on "Larry Bond's First Team: Angels of Wrath"

"Action on every page. Maybe in every paragraph." -"Kirkus Reviews "on "Larry Bond's First Team"

"Technothriller fans rejoice! Larry Bond is good---very, very good."--Stephen Coonts

"[A] fast-paced, complex thriller."-"Publishers Weekly" on "Larry Bond's First Team: Angels of Wrath"

"Action on every page. Maybe in every paragraph." -"Kirkus Reviews "on "Larry Bond's First Team"

The technothriller has a new ace and his name is Larry Bond. "Tom Clancy"

[A] fast-paced, complex thriller. "Publishers Weekly on Larry Bond's First Team: Angels of Wrath"

Action on every page. Maybe in every paragraph. "Kirkus Reviews on Larry Bond's First Team"

Technothriller fans rejoice! Larry Bond is good---very, very good. "Stephen Coonts""

About the Author

Larry Bond is the author of several bestselling military thrillers, including "Crash Dive," "Cold Choices," "Dangerous Ground," "Red Phoenix" and the Larry Bond's First Team and Larry Bond's Red Dragon Rising series. He was a naval officer for six years. He's also worked as a warfare analyst and antisubmarine technology expert, and he now writes and designs computer games, including Harpoon and Command at Sea. He makes his home in Springfield, Virginia.Jim DeFelice is the author of thrillers including "Leopards Kill" and "Threat Level Black." He has also collaborated with Stephen Coonts and Dale Brown. He lives in New York's Hudson Valley region.

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By Charles Green TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Feb. 2007
Format: Hardcover
The two previous 'First Team' novels, which followed the eponymous elite CIA/Special Forces team tasked with tackling global terrorism, were excellent action spy thrillers. Not only were they entertaining but they also maintained a sense of realism and relevance in the way they were plotted.

Fires of War, the third in the series, continues to use the same stylistic beats as its predecessors. There are the short, punchy, 24-style chapters (often amounting to no more that a paragraph) and the multiple plot strands, some of which are deliberate cul-de-sacs that are indicative of the real deadends often encountered by intelligence agents. There is the continuing development of reoccurring characters such as First Team leader Bob Ferguson & his boss Corrine Alston and the sparky, complicated interpersonal relationships between members of the team. In other words Fires of War contains all the ingredients readers have come to expect in First Team novels.

Unfortunately this time, despite the presence of the co-authors of both previous novels Larry Bond and Jim DeFelice, the resulting whole does not live up to the sum of its ingredients. Whereas before the jumpy, cross-cutting narrative felt fresh and gave previous plots a sense of urgent realism, with Fires of War it just creates confusion, with too many plot strands competing for attention.

It doesn't help that the central plot this time around, focused on North Korea and nuclear weapons, is far weaker than previous efforts. Up until now First Team novels have had a very focused feel to them. Whilst past conspiracies may have had geo-political implications they were tight, small scale, unfolded beneath the radar and involved comparatively small casts of protagonists.
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I have not completed this book,however i have to report how enjoyable.I find this book,this is the third in the pack of wham bam thank you mam adventeures.OF THE FIRST TEAM lead by cia maverick bob "ferg"ferguson.the action centre around the secretive state of north korea and move western south korea.If you love james bond this is for you.gags action and all that goes.buy it you wont be dissapointed.
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Great read - kept me "glued" to the page at all times. Great bit of escapism.
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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars 13 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plot 15 Mar. 2008
By Lee Boyland, award wining author - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I try to read novels dealing with nuclear weapons, the genera I write in.

The plot is built around extracting Pu-239 from spent nuclear reactor fuel rods. Uranium-235 or U-238 is used to make fuel pellets for a nuclear reactor. After a period of time, the fuel pellets are removed from the reactor and placed in a cooling pond, as the authors describe in the book. A small portion of uranium-238 in the fuel pellets capture a neutron and become plutonium. Once cooled the pellets can be dissolved and the plutonium extracted--a very complex and dangerous process.

The story is technically feasible, and the authors do not tread into the highly technical area of nuclear weapons physics, yet they manage to tell an interesting tale.

I cringe when authors and media announcers use "bullets" instead of cartridges. A pistol, rifle, submachine gun, etc., is loaded with cartridges (brass case, primer, propellant, and a bullet). When the powder ignites, the bullet is propelled down the barrel.

FIRES OF WAR is a good read for fans of action heroes. Bob Ferguson is less of a superman than some others, which makes the Fires of War an enjoyable read.
1.0 out of 5 stars Workmanlike and not compelling 29 Oct. 2013
By Richard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really struggled to get through this novel - the fact that it was raining and there was literally nothing else to read was really the only reason I persevered.

I like technothrillers - enjoyed the first 5 or 6 Tom Clancy books until he ran out steam - but this is very much a half-baked effort. The plot itself has potential but the story development is weak, the characterisation not much above one dimensional (especially the President and his advisor, that whole plot and writing is just weak, no sense at all that the author has even seen the West Wing, it's so one-dimensional and flat), and as one of the other reviewers noted, it ultimately fizzles out with a very unsatisfying ending.

Had I paid to read this, I would have been pretty annoyed.

And the bit with the folding bicycle? Please!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Long, long trip to nothing. 4 April 2010
By R. Semler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I found this book incredibly slow and lacking any kind of real action that Mr. Bond was known for in his earlier books. This books story line was interesting, but in the end nothing really happens. I really enjoyed Bond's Vortex, Red Phoenix, etc., but this First Team series dosen't come close to comparing to the action and page turning excitement those books gave you. I don't know if hes just "lending" his name to Jim DeFelice's books or not, but I can't recommend this particular series to anyone.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fantastic Read! 12 Mar. 2013
By G. Sloan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book has a very interesting and exciting plot but what I liked most after reading the others is we begin to really understand the charectures better. Also, we see a more human side of Ferg as he is put through the ringer for the better half of the book. Larry Bond and Jim DeFelice have a great story line going here. Read the series. The stories flow well and the charectures are down to earth and at times antagonistic. What else would we expect from Ferg and Rankin anyway...
4.0 out of 5 stars First Team - Fires of War 6 Sept. 2012
By Ann Ogle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I read all four books in this series and enjoyed them. The characters and their relationships were complicated enough to keep me very interested. Bob Ferguson was a great character and even though he operated on the edge, I was always rooting for him. Very good series and I would like to see more of Ferg.
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